Teen vaping down, but smoking on the rise. More vape junk science. Good news updates in North Dakota and California. Anti-vaping policies have unfortunate consequences. Proof adults like nostalgic, non-tobacco vape flavors.
CALL TO ACTION // North Dakota Update
SB 2190, a bill that would have banned remote sales (online or mail-order) of tobacco and vaping products failed to pass!
This is great news, but don’t forget there is still a Call to Action for SB 2189 Take action and contact your lawmakers now! Join and follow CASAA for Call to Action updates!
TAKE ACTION: Stop a Vapor Tax in North Dakota (SB 2189)
DO MORE: If you live in North Dakota, join the CASAA North Dakota Facebook Group
CALL TO ACTION UPDATE // California
Statewide tobacco and vapor flavor ban (SB 793) will not be enforced until voters decide whether to affirm or repeal the ban next year. More than 1 million signatures had been submitted by the California Coalition for Fairness.
Measure to overturn ban on flavored tobacco/vapor sales qualifies for the ballot, putting the ban on hold. https://t.co/PsCH14pcmC
— Paul Blair (@gopaulblair) January 22, 2021
READ MORE: Measure to overturn ban on flavored tobacco sales qualifies…
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RESEARCH // Exposing Junk Science
Study suggests vaping may increase COPD risk but, curiously, for all except those who currently both vape and smoke? Long list of significant “limitations” (like not knowing how long subjects vaped) makes findings essentially worthless.
I'm not going to shut up about the positive benefits of #vaping for smoking adults. It's time we ALL took a stand and are in their face and ears every minute of the day until they listen! VAPING saved my life after my COPD diagnosis when every other method failed! pic.twitter.com/H6plDxlgke
— Michelle Hughes (@MichelleHughes_) January 26, 2021
Yeah, you’re full of crap! After I started vaping, my bronchitis, emphysema and COPD quickly cleared up anc within weeks mt doctor took these off off of my diagnoses sheet and said I was one of the healthiest 60 year olds he’s ever met!! #StopLying
— David Emanuel (@davemanuel0) January 25, 2021
READ MORE: E-Cigarette Use May Be Associated With Increased COPD Risk
OTHER RESEARCH: COPD smokers who switched to e-cigarettes: health outcomes at 5-year follow up
RESEARCH // Exposing Research Bias
Anti-vaping groups celebrate that teen vaping was down in 2020, but worry it “remains highly prevalent.” However, they fail to mention that past 30 day cigarette and alcohol use for 12th grade increased from 5.7% to 7.5%, and 29.3% to 33.6%, respectively.
The rapid rise of harmful #propaganda from NIDA continued to increase in 2020, and it remains concerningly high. Learn more about effects of dishonest government #communication from #Reason magazine articles.#defundNIDA #defundNIDWOWTVhttps://t.co/1Ddd3j9QQI
— Phil (@phil_w888) January 22, 2021
READ MORE: 2017 to 2019 Rapid Increase in Nicotine Vaping Among American Teens Slows in 2020
RESEARCH // Anxiety and Nicotine Use
We’re often lectured that we will be happier if only we were no longer “addicted” to nicotine. For those who suffer anxiety, is the alternative antidepressants, or “self-medicating” with something else, like alcohol, illicit drugs or overeating?
Experts Link Anxiety with Smoking https://t.co/QjaIIs9rdO via @PharmanewsLtd
— Chizzy (@greatchizzy4lo1) January 27, 2021
READ MORE: Anxiety is linked with smoking – but how is still hazy
PUBLIC HEALTH // Stop Anti-Vaping Propaganda
Analysis of 2019-2020 NYTS finds “tobacco use” declined by nearly one-third. However, anti-vaping propaganda and hysteria only succeeded in causing youth to move away from low risk vaping, while “no change in current cigarette smoking occurred.”
When teen vaping increased (2014, 2015), 12th grade smoking fell 3X faster than normal
When teen vaping dropped (2016, 2017), the decline in smoking slowed by half
When teen vaping increased again (2018, 2019), smoking dropped 4X faster than normal
2020: No change in smoking pic.twitter.com/QFXgKjnMOw
— ClovisSangrail (@ClovisSangrail4) December 23, 2020
Despite the declines in youth use of combustible tobacco products, there was no change in teen cigarette smoking from 2019 to 2020 and rates of combustible tobacco use remained concerningly high, with about 42% of youth tobacco users smoking combustible products in 2020.
— FDA Tobacco (@FDATobacco) January 11, 2021
READ MORE: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2020
PUBLIC HEALTH // Vape Ban Consequences
In India, 34.6% of adults consume tobacco with 14% smoking.
“My all-too-brief ability to choose how to consume nicotine was incredibly empowering….”
But “because of the government’s decision, I’m back to smoking every single day.”
THR VOICES: Lavanya from Hyderabad says switching to vaping was empowering, destigmatising, and improved her health. She narrates how India's vape ban criminalised people like her and pushed her back to smoking. #EndVapeBanhttps://t.co/UmXr6CdTLQ
— AVI (@vapeindia) December 4, 2020
#Vaping ban in India has dramatic public health consequences:
"By banning vapes, the government has given in to tobacco lobbies who want to keep selling cigarettes—not forgetting the government’s own interests in tax revenues and its own ITC shares."https://t.co/JweXhKCmFX
— IEVA (@europeanvaping) January 26, 2021
READ MORE: I Switched From Vaping Back to Smoking, Thanks to India’s Government
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE // Adults Like Flavors
UK resident Dave Sykes, 32, creates “Big Mac” flavored e-liquid.
Would you try it??
(ANTZ should take note that he created the iconic and nostalgic flavor for HIMSELF, a fully grown adult, NOT “to hook youth.”)
McDonald’s fan creates Big Mac flavoured vape to satisfy craving during lockdownhttps://t.co/ovNLdHWXSb
— The Sun (@TheSun) January 18, 2021
READ MORE: McDonald’s fan creates Big Mac flavoured vape to satisfy craving during lockdown